McKibbon Hospitality Celebrates the Opening of its AC Hotel and Residence Inn Charlotte City Center

August 29, 2018

McKibbon Hospitality, an award—–winning leader in the hotel development and management industry, today announced that the AC Hotel and Residence Inn Charlotte City Center has officially opened its doors to the public. The 22-story, dual-branded hotel tower brings 300 rooms to Uptown Charlotte and features amenities including the AC Lounge, modern meeting space, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a collection of artwork by more than 20 local artists.

McKibbon Hospitality partnered with Charlotte-based Vision Ventures on the development, and Cleveland Construction served as the general contractor. The project brings the first AC Hotel to Charlotte and also features independent rooftop bar and lounge, Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo, and an adjacent penthouse suite for rent, Suite TwentyTwo, both of which will open toward the end of September.

“The completion of the AC Hotel and Residence Inn Charlotte City Center is a great accomplishment for McKibbon and all of our partners who worked to make the vision for this exciting project a reality,”

said John McKibbon, chairman of McKibbon Hospitality. “Together, we have created something really special for visitors and locals to enjoy – two great hotel brands in a single site, an outstanding culinary offering, a beautiful collection of local artwork, great onsite amenities and stunning city views.”

The AC Hotel Charlotte City Center boasts 184 rooms on levels 5-12 of the tower, including some with outdoor terraces overlooking Uptown Charlotte. It also features 2,400 square feet of meeting space and additional outdoor space available for use on the fifth floor. The AC Lounge is open to the public and offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu with daily breakfast and evening small plates, craft cocktails, beer and wine. The Residence Inn Charlotte City Center features apartment-style accommodations on levels 14-21 of the tower with 116 rooms, a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom suites that include full kitchens.

According to Vision Ventures Principal Paul Picarazzi, “Turning what was an unfinished project into the stunning Charlotte City Center Tower that has forever changed the skyline of Uptown Charlotte is a dream come true for our team. It was an extremely complex project, and I’m proud to say that everything from the building design, the interior spaces, the local artwork, the service and the location make this property second to none in Uptown.”

The project’s art collection was personally selected by McKibbon and Picarazzi, who worked with Asheville-based art consultant Liz L. Barr, principal of Art Resources, to select the local artists. The collection is spread throughout the hotels’ public spaces and guestrooms and includes paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass, and 3-D art on canvas. Some of the more than 20 local artists include internationally-acclaimed mixed-media artist Stephen Wilson; 3-D canvas artist Paul Rousso; mixed-media artist Lori Love; oil painter and landscape artist Paul Hastings; and thirteen-year-old glass artist, Elijah Kell.

McKibbon and Picarazzi also collaborated on the tower’s rooftop bar and lounge concept, Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo, with consulting from Chef Peter Pollay of Mandara Hospitality Group in Asheville. Once open, Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo will offer locally and regionally inspired small plates, handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine, local art, and outstanding city views. Also opening in mid-September, the adjacent penthouse suite, Suite TwentyTwo, will boast two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and generous space for entertaining.

This week, the hotels will celebrate their official opening by welcoming first guest and NBA executive Barbara DeCristofaro in advance of the NBA All-Star weekend coming to Charlotte in February of 2019.

For more information about McKibbon Hospitality, visit To learn more about the AC

Hotel Charlotte City Center, visit here or follow the hotel on Facebook and Instagram @ACHotelCharlotte.

To learn more about the Residence Inn Charlotte City Center, visit here. For more information about Vision

Ventures, visit

About McKibbon Hospitality

Headquartered in Tampa, FL and Gainesville, Ga., McKibbon Hospitality creates memorable hospitality experiences that inspire brand and property loyalty. It’s how we’ve grown into one of the largest (and most awarded) hotel development and management companies in the country. We build, renovate and manage properties across the country for Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and other iconic hospitality brands. From hand-picking urban sites to imagining the just-for-you details of a guest experience, from overseeing operations to bringing a brand to life, and everything in between, McKibbon shapes inclusive hospitality development. Visit to learn more.

About Vision Ventures

Since its inception in 1998, Vision Ventures has built a reputation on in depth analysis, focus, and discipline in the world of commercial real estate. As a well capitalized acquisition, brokerage, construction and development company, their expertise ranges from strategic attainments of debt and equity to the execution of development and construction projects.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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